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Learn how to put together a simple and healthy snack made from raw walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts. Top it with a few extras and you’ve got yourself an energy giving breakfast.

Why would you eat nuts do you ask? Here’s why:

Healthy
Crunchy
Tasty
Nutritious
Low-carb and Keto friendly
Paleo and Whole30 compliant
Easy Snack
Great raw or cooked

Walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts in a square glass bowl.

My history with nuts

If you’re used to eating nuts all the time or if you have nuts around the house, this might sound silly to you. But I remember the time when I was sick and nuts were not part of my way of eat. And I mean, I wasn’t eating nuts at all! In fact, I remember that I didn’t even knew there are so many types of nuts our there: walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, cashew, macadamia, etc. When I was using the word “nuts”, I was simply referring to either walnuts (which were the local nuts where I was living) or peanuts (yes, dipped in refined seed oils). The other kinds of nuts were not on my radar.

Sure, as I child I used to eat walnuts from time to time, mostly in autumn and around Christmas. But as soon as I become a teenager, I simply replaced those healthy raw walnuts with processed foods. I used to like those salty peanuts and all the sweet treats that had peanuts in them. Healthy or not, who cared? Until I became sick and I was forced to changed my eating habits.

Walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts in a square glass bowl.

Raw nuts to the rescue

This snack is for all the people that struggle and are looking to make even a small change to their way of eating. This simple snack can be a step in the right direction when it comes to improving your health. Try replacing a sweet treat or a box of peanuts, with a cup of these raw nuts. It may have a strange taste at first since it’s not sweet like a candy bar and the natural fats from the nuts will taste a bit different compared to the added fat from the peanuts. Give your body a bit of time to adjust and you’ll see the wonderful benefits that a treat as simple as this can bring to your life.

What do you think? Let me know what you think in the comments below. And if you decide to try this little snack, share a photo on Instagram, tag it #refreshmyhealth and let me know how you feel about it.

What’s your favorite kind of nuts? How often are you eating nuts? Share below!

Walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts in a square glass bowl.

Walnuts, Pecans and Hazelnuts Snack

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Soak Time 4 hrs
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marcel Corbeanu
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Learn how to put together a simple and healthy snack made from raw nuts. Top it with a few extras and you’ve got yourself an energy giving breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 100 g walnuts
  • 100 g pecans
  • 50 g hazelnuts
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

Instructions

Simple version

  • Mix the walnuts and pecans in a bowl.
  • If desired, add salt and mix.
  • Enjoy!

Complicated version

  • We need to soak the nuts in warm salty water in order to activate their enzymes and remove part of the anti-nutrients that naturally occur in all nuts and seeds.
  • Start by adding your nuts into a bowl.
  • Cover with water and add the indicated amount of salt.
  • Let them sit at room temperature for a few hours (overnight works best).
  • Remove the water and rinse the nuts.
  • If you plan to eat them on the spot, you can enjoy them as they are.
  • If you plan to eat them in the following days, you need to remove all the excess water from them, otherwise they’ll probably go rancid. Please follow the next steps.
  • For drying your nuts, line one piece of parchment paper and spread the nuts evenly.
  • Preheat the oven at 50 Celsius and dry the nuts for about 1-2 hours, or until they look dry enough.
  • That was it. Enjoy!

Notes

If it’s hot enough inside the house, you can just let them sit on the counter instead of drying them in the oven. Just make sure to spread them on a parchment paper or just a tray of some sort.
Make sure not to roast or cook the nuts in any way, we’re just trying to remove excess water by keeping them in a dry environment.
You can also use this method with other types of nuts: hazelnuts, pine nuts, pistachios or macadamias work the same way.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Low-carb, Raw Food, Sugar-Free, Vegan, Whole30
Keywords: hazelnuts, pecans, snack, walnuts
Marcel Corbeanu

Marcel Corbeanu

Hi, I'm Marcel! I'm a health coach, I write about health and wellness and I love cooking healthy food with fresh and simple ingredients.

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